Planning & Licensing

The Community Council will use this page for any items relating to planning permissions and licensing that are relevant to Sleat. As a general rule the Councillors will review any domestic planning applications for the area, and take appropriate action as necessary. The Council has no formal input into planning applications but if asked for support will discuss any actions required.


3rd April 2012  Scottish Government consultation  exercise on Planning Reform.

Scotland's Community Councils have been asked to draw the public's attention to a consultation exercise on Planning Reform which closes on 22nd June. The information is outlined in general at the Planning Reform webpage which is available here

There are 5 planning categories that are involved in the consultation exercise. These are as follows:

  1. Fees for Planning Applications

  2. Development Delivery

  3. Development Planning Examinations

  4. Miscellaneous Amendments to the Planning System

  5. General Permitted Development Order



2nd May 2013 

The Scottish Government is reviewing the latest stage of the National Planning Framework and wish to engage community council groups on the progress. We have received this message form the Policy group and have reproduced this in full below. Please get in touch if you need clarification to info@sleatcommunitycouncil.org.uk

Dear Community Council Liaison Officers

You may recall that I contacted you earlier this month regarding community council engagement on the Third National Planning Framework and on the review of Scottish Planning Policy.  I am pleased to advise that today the Main Issues Report for the third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and Draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) have been launched for consultation.

A single web page allows you to proceed to either National Planning Framework 3 or Scottish Planning Policy consultation documents and associated assessments:  http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/NPF3-SPP-Review.

Further supporting information will be placed online over the next few days including a resource pack to support communities who wish to engage. 

Today marks the beginning of the main public consultation stage in the preparation of NPF3 and the Scottish Government is seeking views on the emerging strategy and what should be included in the Proposed National Planning Framework when it is laid before the Scottish Parliament.  Similarly this is the main public consultation stage for Scottish Planning Policy, prior to its finalisation.

One element of the engagement strategy is a number of "drop in" events across Scotland and I enclose these dates and venues for convenience.

City / Town         Venue  Date      Time

Inverness            Eastgate Centre                14 May 2013       9 am – 6 pm

Aberdeen           Bon Accord         15 May 2013       9 am – 6 pm

Irvine    Rivergate Centre              21 May 2013       9 am – 5.30 pm

Oban     Corran Halls        23 May 2013       12 pm – 6 pm

Dundee                Overgate Centre              28 May 2013       9 am – 6 pm

Edinburgh           The Gyle Centre               30 May 2013       9 am – 9 pm

Kirkwall                Kirkwall Town Hall            4 June 2013         1 pm – 6 pm

Glasgow               St. Enoch Shopping Centre          6 June 2013         9 am – 8 pm

Dumfries             The Cairndale Hotel        13 June 2013      9 am – 6 pm

I would be obliged if you could make your client community councils aware of the publication of these documents.

I would also be obliged if you could confirm that you have forwarded this e-mail to community councils.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

NPF3 and SPP team



23rd May 2013

Consultation on Highland Licensing Board draft Policy Statement 2013-16

Public consultation on the Board’s draft policy statement 2013-16 has now commenced.  The Consultation Draft Statement and Consultation Questionnaire can be accessed on the Council’s website (liquor licensing page) at:




Consultation responses are invited by 31 July 2013 and I look forward to receiving any responses individual Community Councils wish to make. 


Kind regards

Susan Blease
Principal Solicitor - Regulatory Services
The Highland Council
Council Offices, High Street
Dingwall, IV15 9QN

Tel. 01349 868 538


30th May 2013

New Government legislation for Town and Country Planning

The Council has received information from the Government regarding new planning legislation. We have shown their message below and the text contains links to various pages. If you want to read more please cut and paste the respective web address and place in the browser. Please get in touch if the SCC can help.

''The changes have been laid in Parliament and are due to come into force on 30 June.  They are not expected to have a significant impact on community councils in particular, but will be of interest given their role in the planning system.  The changes are included in new 2013 versions of the regulations on development management, appeals, schemes of delegation and local reviews.  These new versions also incorporate amendments previously made in recent years to the original 2008 regulations on these procedures.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/National-Planning-Policy/themes/dev-man/Legislationchanges  - Link to SG webpage with guidance, which will include links to the individual pieces of legislation shortly.

Links to the pieces of legislation:


http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2013/157/contents/made - schemes of delegation and local review

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2013/156/contents/made - appeal

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2013/155/contents/made - development management procedure

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2013/154/contents/made    - amendment to control of advertisements regulations






Alan Cameron

Scottish Government

Directorate for Local Government and Communities

Planning and Architecture Division

Tel. 0131 244 7065

GTN 7188 47065

Fax 0131 244 7083''

January 15th 2014 Message from the Government re National Planning


To all Scottish Community Councils


As you will recall the Scottish Government has been consulting on key land use planning documents – Scotland’s third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).  This e-mail provides you with an update on the work being taken forward to finalise both documents.


Laying of the Proposed NPF3 in Parliament


Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, laid the Proposed NPF3 in the Scottish Parliament earlier today.  As you will be aware, the NPF3 Proposed Plan is subject to 60 day Parliamentary scrutiny.  This will end on 22 March 2014. 


You can access the Proposed NPF3 plus associated documents such as the participation statement, environmental report, draft Action Programme, Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment and result of the Equality Impact Assessment at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/NPF3-SPP-Review/NPF3.


An ebook version of the Proposed NPF3 will also be available shortly.


A limited number of hard copies are available. If you are unable to download copies of any of the documents, please contact the NPF Team at npfteam@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.


The Scottish Government has undertaken a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of NPF3 and the Scottish Planning Policy (SPP), as required by the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005.  Whilst the Government does not consider the Environmental Report requires updating, during the period of Parliamentary scrutiny, an Annex to the Environmental Report, which updates the SEA findings, is available for comment.    Further details of how to make such comments are available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/NPF3-SPP-Review/NPF3/Env-report.


The parliamentary process provides a further opportunity to influence the content of the finalised NPF3.  This is managed by the Scottish Parliament and further information about the handling of the Parliamentary process is available from the Scottish Parliament’s website: www.scottish.parliament.uk.  You may also wish to talk to your MSP about the Proposed NPF3.


Finalisation of Scottish Planning Policy (SPP)


There is no requirement for the SPP to be scrutinised by Parliament.  However, the Scottish Government has published an SPP Position Statement which provides an update on the review process and outlines the Government’s position as of January 2014 on 10 key policy issues relevant to the review of the SPP.   You can find more information at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/NPF3-SPP-Review/SPP-Review.



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